Professor, Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University
What are human beings?
What are human beings? What are minds that question about human beings? Starting with such questions, I have entered into the academic world to study nonhuman primates from comparative cognitive perspectives. The main target of my research is the chimpanzee, one of the closest living relatives of humans, since my graduate course. I would like to explore the evolution of human mind through the investigation of social intelligence in great apes. In addition to the research, we are engaged in activities to enhance the welfare of captive individuals at Kumamoto Sanctuary, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University, located in Uki city, Kumamoto prefecture.
Original articles (peer-reviewed)
- Kano F , Hirata S , Deschner T , Behringer V , Call J (2016) Nasal temperature drop in response to a playback of conspecific fights in chimpanzees: A thermo-imaging study Physiology & Behavior, 155(1): 83-94
- Yamanashi Y , Teramoto M , Morimura N , Hirata S , Suzuki J , Hayashi M , Kinoshita K , Murayama M , Idani G (2016) Analysis of hair cortisol levels in captive chimpanzees: Effect of various methods on cortisol stability and variability MethodsX, Volume 3, Pages 110-117
- Myowa-Yamakoshi M, Yoshida C, Hirata S (2015) Humans but Not Chimpanzees Vary Face-Scanning Patterns Depending on Contexts during Action Observation PLOS ONE, 10(11): e0139989
- Kano F , Hirata S (2015) Great apes make anticipatory looks based on long-term memory of single events. Current Biology,
- Kano F , Hirata S , Call J (2015) Social Attention in the Two Species of Pan: Bonobos Make More Eye Contact than Chimpanzees PLoS ONE, 10 (6): e0129684
- Levé M, Sueur C, Petit O, Matsuzawa T, Hirata S (2015) Social grooming network in captive chimpanzees: does the wild or captive origin of group members affect sociality? Primates,
- Fujisawa M , Udono T , Nogami E , Hirosawa M , Morimura N , Saito A , Seres M , Teramoto M , Nagano K , Mori Y , Uesaka H , Nasu K , Tomonaga M , Idani G , Hirata S , Tsuruyama T , Matsubayashi K (2014) A case of maxillary sarcoma in a chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) Journal of Medical Primatology, Volume 43, Issue 2, pages 111-114
- Fukushima H , Hirata S , Matsuda G , Ueno A , Fuwa K , Sugama K , Kusunoki K , Hiraki K , Tomonaga M , Hasegawa T (2013) Neural representation of face familiarity in an awake chimpanzee PeerJ, e223
- Hirata S , Matsuda G , Ueno A , Fukushima H , Fuwa K , Sugama K , Kusunoki K , Tomonaga M , Hiraki K , Hasegawa T (2013) Brain response to affective pictures in the chimpanzee Scientific Reports, 3, 1342
- Bril B , Smaers J , Steele J , Rein R , Nonaka T , Dietrich G , Biryukova E , Hirata S , Roux V (2012) Functional mastery of percussive technology in nut-cracking and stone-flaking actions: experimental comparison and implications for the evolution of the human brain. The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 367, 59-74.
- Myowa-Yamakoshi M , Scola C , Hirata S (2012) Humans and chimpanzees attend differently to goal-directed actions. Nature Communications, 3: 693
- Sakai T , Hirata S , Fuwa K , Sugama K , Kusunoki K , Makishima H , Eguchi T , Yamada S , Ogihara N , Takeshita H (2012) Fetal brain development in chimpanzees versus humans Current Biology, Volume 22, Issue 18, R791–R792
- Schrauf C , Call J , Fuwa K , Hirata S (2012) Do Chimpanzees Use Weight to Select Hammer Tools? PLoS ONE, 7(7): e41044
- Hirata S , Fuwa K , Sugama K , Kusunoki K , Takeshita H (2011) Mechanism of birth in chimpanzees: humans are not unique among primates Biology Letters, 23 October 2011 vol. 7 no. 5 686-688
- Hirata S , Matsuda G , Ueno A , Fuwa K , Sugama K , Kusunoki K , Fukushima H , Hiraki K , Tomonaga M , Hasegawa T (2011) Event-related potentials in response to subjects' own names: A comparison between humans and a chimpanzee. Communicative & Integrative Biology, 4(3), 321-323.
- Kano F , Hirata S , Call J , Tomonaga M (2011) The visual strategy specific to humans among hominids: A study using the gap-overlap paradigm Vision Research, 51.2348-2355
- Fukushima H , Hirata S , Ueno A , Matsuda G , Fuwa K , Sugama K , Kusunoki K , Hirai M , Hiraki K , Tomonaga M , Hasegawa T (2010) Neural correlates of face and object perception in an awake chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) examined by scalp-surface event-related potentials. PLoS ONE, 5(10), e13366.
- Hirata S , Fuwa K , Sugama K , Kusunoki K , Fujita S (2010) Facial perception of conspecifics: chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) attend to proper orientation and open eyes. Animal Cognition, 13:679-688
- Hirata S , Yamamoto S , Takemoto H , Matsuzawa T (2010) A Case Report of Meat and Fruit Sharing in a Pair of Wild Bonobos Pan Africa News, 17(2), December 2010 21-23
- Ueno A , Hirata S , Fuwa K , Sugama K , Kusunoki K , Matsuda G , Fukushima H , Hiraki K , Tomonaga M , Hasegawa T (2010) Brain activity in an awake chimpanzee in response to the sound of her own name Biology Letters, 6, 311-313
- Bril B , Dietrich G , Foucart J , Fuwa K , Hirata S (2009) Tool use as a way to assess cognition: how do captive chimpanzees handle the weight of the hammer when cracking a nut? Animal Cognition, 12, 217-235
- Hirata S (2009) Chimpanzee social intelligence: selfishness, altruism, and the mother-infant bond Primates, 50:3-11
- Hirata S , Morimura N , Houki C (2009) How to crack nuts: acquisition process in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) observing a model. Animal Cognition, 12, S87-S101
- Takeshita H , Myowa-Yamakoshi M , Hirata S (2009) The supine position of postnatal human infants: Implications for the development of cognitive intelligence. Interaction Studies, Volume 10, Number 2 pp. 252-268
- Weiss A , Inoue-Murayama M , Hong K , Inoue E , Udono T , Ochiai T , Matsuzawa T , Hirata S , King JE. (2009) Assessing chimpanzee personality and subjective well-being in Japan. American Journal of Primatology, 71, 283-292
- Ueno A , Hirata S , Fuwa K , Sugama K , Kusunoki K , Matsuda G , Fukushima H , Hiraki K , Tomonaga M , Hasegawa T (2008) Auditory ERPs to Stimulus Deviance in an Awake Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes): Towards Hominid Cognitive Neurosciences PLoS ONE, 3(1): e1442
- Hirata S (2007) A note on the responses of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) to live self-images on television monitors. Behavioral Processes, 75, 85-90
- Hirata S (2007) Competitive and cooperative aspects of social intelligence in chimpanzees. The Japanese Journal of Animal Psychology, 57, 29-40
- Hirata S , Fuwa K (2007) Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) learn to act with other individuals in a cooperative task Primates, 48, 13-21
- Hirata S , Tashiro Y (2007) Bonobos at the “Lola Ya Bonobo" Sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Pan Africa News, 14(1), June, 2007 6-8
- Takemoto H , Hirata S , Sugiyama Y (2005) The formation of the brush-sticks: modification of chimpanzees or the by-product of folding? Primates, 46, 183-190
- Celli ML. , Hirata S , Tomonaga M (2004) Socioecological influences on tool use in captive chimpanzees. International Journal of Primatology, 25, 1267-1281
- Huffman MA. , Hirata S (2004) An experimental study of leaf swallowing in captive chimpanzees: insights into the origin of a self-medicative behavior and the role of social learning Primates, 45, 113-118.
- Shimada MK. , Hayakawa S , Humle T , Fujita S , Hirata S , Sugiyama Y , Saitou N (2004) Mitochondrial DNA Genealogy of Chimpanzees in the Nimba Mountains and Bossou, West Africa American Journal of Primatology, 64, 261-275
- Hirata S , Celli ML. (2003) Role of mothers in the acquisition of tool-use behaviours by captive infant chimpanzees. Animal Cognition, 6, 235-244
- Visalberghi E , Myowa-Yamakoshi M , Hirata S , Matsuzawa T (2002) Responses to Novel Foods in Captive Chimpanzees Zoo Biology, 21:539-548
- Hirata S , Matsuzawa T (2001) Tactics to obtain a hidden food item in chimpanzee pairs (Pan troglodytes). Animal Cognition, 4, 285-295.
- Hirata S , Yamakoshi G , Fujita S , Ohashi G , Matsuzawa T (2001) Capturing and Toying with Hyraxes (Dendrohyrax dorsalis) by Wild Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) at Bossou, Guinea American Journal of Primatology, 53, 93-97
- Hirata S , Morimura N (2000) Naive Chimpanzees' (Pan troglodytes) Observation of Experienced Conspecifics in a Tool-Using Task Journal of Comparative Psychology, Vol. 114, No. 3, 291-296
- Hirata S , Morimura N , Matsuzawa T (1998) Green passage plan (tree-planting project) and environmental education using documentary videos at Bossou: a progress report. Pan Africa News, 5:18-20
- Hirata S , Myowa M , Matsuzawa T (1998) Use of Leaves As Cushions to Sit on Wet Ground by Wild Chimpanzees American Journal of Primatology, 44:215-220 (1998)
- Hirata, S. & Mizuno, Y. (2011) Animal toying. In: T. Matsuzawa, T. Humle, & Y. Sugiyama (eds.) The chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba: A cultural primatology (pp. 137-144). Tokyo: Springer Verlag.
- Hirata, S. & Hayashi, M. (2011) Emergence of stone tool use by captive chimpanzees. In: T. Matsuzawa, T. Humle, & Y. Sugiyama (eds.) The chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba: A cultural primatology ( pp. 183-191). Tokyo: Springer Verlag.
- Hirata, S., Morimura, N., & Fuwa, K. (2010) Intentional communication and comprehension of the partner’s role in experimental cooperative tasks. In. E. V. Lonsdorf, S. R. Ross, & T. Matsuzawa (eds.), The mind of the chimpanzees: ecological and experimental perspectives (pp. 251-264). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
- Hirata, S. (2008) Communication between mother and infant chimpanzees and its role in the evolution of social intelligence In: S. Itakura & K. Fujita.(eds). Origins of social mind: evolutionary and developmental views (pp. 21-38). Tokyo: Springer Verlag.
- Idani, G., and Hirata, S. (2006) Studies at the Great Ape Research Institute, Hayashibara. In: D. A. Washburn (Ed.), Primate perspectives on behavior and cognition (pp. 29-36). Washington: American Psychological Association.
- Hirata, S. (2006) Tactical deception and understanding of others in chimpanzees. In: T. Matsuzawa, M. Toimonaga, M. Tanaka (eds.), Cognitive development in chimpanzees (pp. 265-276). Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.
- Hirata, S. (2006) Chimpanzee learning and transmission of tool use to fish for honey. In: T. Matsuzawa, M. Toimonaga, M. Tanaka (eds.), Cognitive development in chimpanzees (pp. 201-213). Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.
- Takeshita, H., Myowa-Yamakoshi, M., and Hirata, S. (2006) A new comparative perspective on prenatal motor behaviors: Preliminary research with four-dimensional (4D) ultrasonography. In: T. Matsuzawa, M. Toimonaga, M. Tanaka (eds.), Cognitive development in chimpanzees (pp. 37-47). Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.
- Inoue-Murayama, M., Hibino, E., Matsuzawa, T., Hirata, S., Takenaka, O., Hayasaka, I., Ito, S., and Murayama, Y. (2006) An application of a human personality test to chimpanzees and survey of polymorphism in genes relating to neurotransmitters and hormones. In: T. Matsuzawa, M. Toimonaga, M. Tanaka (Eds.), Cognitive development in chimpanzees (pp. 113-124). Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.
- Foucart, J., Bril, B., Hirata, S., Morimura, N., Houki, C., Ueno, Y., & Matsuzawa, T. (2005) A preliminary analysis of nut-cracking movements in a captive chimpanzee: adaptation to the properties of tools and nuts. In: V. Roux and B. Bril (Eds.), Stone knapping: the necessary conditions for a uniquely hominid behavior (pp. 147-157). Cambride, UK:. McDonald Press.
- Huffman, M. A., & Hirata, S. (2003) Biological and ecological foundations of primate behavioral tradition. In: D. Fragaszy & S. Perry (Eds.), The biology of traditions: models and evidence (pp. 267-296). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
- Hirata, S., Watanabe, K., & Kawai, M. (2001) “Sweet-Potato Washing Revisited.” In T. Matsuzawa (ed.), Primate Origins of Human Cognition and Behavior (pp. 487-508). Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.
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Place of work
Wildlife Research Center
990 Otao, Misumi, Uki, Kumamoto 869-3201 Japan